Spring, 2017

Spring, 2017

I first would like to take this opportunity to thank Hudson O’Keefe for her service as the previous newsletter editor. Hudson was very organized and found to be generous with her time and talents. Thank you Hudson!

Here I am, the 2017/2018 NCUS Newsletter Editor and I could very well be the world’s worst speller and grammarian. That’s a real word right? This is proof you don’t have to be good at something to do it; you just have to be willing. This leads me to my most important thought of the day, “If you see a need, you fill it.” Right?! Agree to do something and then later wonder what on earth were you thinking?! No really, that’s really when you push yourself to growth, both personally and professionally. This is what we tell our children and students, actually anyone who we want to inspire to be all they can be.

I am serving on the NCUS board as a volunteer as are my fellow board members. We are committed to helping where we can to promote ultrasound education for the North Carolina membership. You can serve too! You can nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the board. Many say, “I am already busy with my job and family and don’t have the time.” Research suggests that us dynamos are great at carving time enough to fulfilling additional obligations. Volunteering statistics show that people with jobs, and people with kids volunteer at higher rates than those not in the workforce or raising a family. We have learned important lessons in time management and can perform more efficiently. If you ever need something done, ask the busiest person you know. Which reminds me, Laura Currie, give me a call when you get a minute. Anyway, this is my second time serving as NCUS editor and I do feel better prepared having done it before. I likely won’t be the best newsletter editor NCUS has ever had, but I think I can be the best newsletter editor that NCUS currently has.

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Our Fall 2017 symposium will be held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill on October 21, 2017. Our Spring 2018 symposium will be held at the Grand Dunes Marriott in Myrtle Beach, SC on April 13-15, 2018. We will offer great speakers from all over the country, sharing their knowledge and expertise in one of four specific tracts: OB/GYN, Cardiac, Vascular, and General.

We are so fortunate to have one of the largest state ultrasound societies in the United States. Reviews of our meetings are very positive, from those in attendance, the vendors, and the speakers. So many outstanding people come together giving their time and talents, fulfilling the needs and obligations to propel our society to success. Thank you all for seeing the value of hard work and being an integral part of our team!

Marta Thorup

 Happy Spring NCUS members and affiliates!

The Grove Park Inn is one of our favorite conference sites as it is such a beautiful location with very comfortable conference space. We had an awesome turnout with positive feedback on our 2017 Spring Symposium. So, a big shout out to everyone that contributed especially Mike Foster for his most generous contribution and in leading us to such a memorable event.
Reviews indicate the meeting was successful most notably because of the quality of our speakers, first ever NCUS live heart dissection, always competitive quiz bowl, and the post conference social.
I would like to welcome our new Board of Directors; Amy Dela Cruz, Angela Hansen, and Kathy Zeigler. We are looking forward to working with you in advancing NCUS goals for 2107/2018.
We as an organization want to customize the NCUS to your needs. By bringing in different topics and activities, we strive to make this, not only an educational meeting, but to create a social environment for you to make the contacts that will help you build and expand your career. Sonographer's skills are highly valued and students are quickly able to find their niche with an area that fits them best. Not many careers allow you a wide range of opportunity for personal satisfaction and growth all while making a positive impact on the lives of patients. I am looking forward to serving as the 2017/2018 president and working with such a professionally capable group of people as we have in the NCUS organization. Let’s all work together to make it the best it can be!
Congratulations to all of the following winners of the various opportunities during our Spring 2017 Symposium!
Thank you,
Cristy Webster
2017/2018 NCUS President

The mission of the North Carolina Ultrasound Society Foundation is to provide educational opportunities in the field of diagnostic medical sonography to North Carolina sonographers and sonography students. The NCUS Foundation offers some financial assistance allowing recipients to attend NCUS professional education conferences who may otherwise not be able to attend. We are very happy to introduce our first two NCUS Foundation recipients, Kaleen Hanke and Megan Owens. Both attended the 2017 Spring Symposium at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. We are very pleased with their eagerness to learn and their gratitude for the opportunity. They would like to share some thoughts on their experience.

Click here for the NCUS Case of the Day 2017, Abdominal TB

Abdominal Tuberculosis by Emily Bouchard

Dr. John Cotton was awarded Honorary Membership at the NCUS Meeting March 18th.

He is so deserving of this award. Dr. Cotton has been an outstanding part of the NCUS for so many years. He has guided us through so much serving as Chairman of our Finance Committee and Treasurer. He is always willing to speak at our meetings and always gets rave reviews. His leadership has helped us stay on track and grow to be one of the largest Ultrasound Societies in the country. By Rhonda Thomas

Ruben Centeno, RDCS was awarded the Sonographer Excellence Award at the NCUS Meeting March 18th. This was written by his attending physician “He is a superb sonographer. He performs examination in appropriated logical manner, attending to detail by applying optimized protocols. He understands the delicate condition of PICU and NICU patients, his examinations are informative yet do not add stress or de-stabilize critically ill patients. Ruben interacts well with families and staff. He is professional and reassuring to families. He makes patients and families comfortable. Ruben is highly-respected by our Pediatric Cardiology physicians and administrative staff, as well as by staff in other hospital units where we function. I cannot imagine a Sonography Excellence Award nominee more deserving than Rueben Centeno.

What or who sparked your interest in ultrasound?
I’ve always had the desire to serve in the medical field and back in 1996 a friend who is a general ultrasound sonographer invited me for a free scanning of my liver, later I serve as a model for scanning in ultrasound conference meetings. I guess I was a good specimen for scanning.
How long have you been a sonographer?
I went to cardiac sonographic school in 1998 and started scanning in 1999 before graduating in the year 2000
What is your specialty?
I went to school because I was drawn to the Obstetric Ultrasound but then I was introduced to the heart and that changed my mind knowing that I can scan Fetal echocardiogram which is my specialty.
A thought that sums up the best about this profession-
“Ultrasound is a tool that is used to accurately predict events or results in a patient’s life.”
Current place of employment-
“I have been employed by UNC in Chapel Hill since 2006.”
Any special experience, interaction with patients-
“The most impacting experience with patient happens usually in Nicaragua where a group of volunteers travel every 6 months to service people in medical need, this type of patient usually are in end stage heart disease; So many of them looks skinny bone and 6 months later after surgery we do follow up studies and they come to meet us and hug us and we stand before they no knowing who they are just because they do not look nothing like before surgery. And seeing their faces full of life and so gracefully thanking us for saving their lives is priceless. “
Additional comment on lecturing for NCUS, being a speaker-
“Before going into sonography I was going to school to become a teacher and now seeing me teaching sonography to medical students, residents, ultrasound students and speaking in conferences like NCUS, I cannot ask for more.”

Ruben Centeno

This is a compiled list of 100 best scanning advice with some contributions from other experienced ultrasound technologists and ultrasound students.

1. Know when to move on. Struggling for 20 minutes isn’t going to make that pancreas become text book beautiful.

2. Don't look at your hand, look at the screen.

3. It's not always about landmark images, it's about scanning through the entire organ looking for pathology.

4. Treat your last scan of the day like it was your first. This is hard to do at times when you have had enough. The last patient very often has an abnormal finding.

5. When scanning the breast, don’t look away from the screen while your hand is moving, you could miss something.

6. Slather on tons of gel. Stop just short of the patient sliding off the table.

7. When scanning an early OB with a barely visible fetal pole and a slower than normal fetal heart rate, use spectral Doppler on the maternal iliacs to ensure you are not picking up maternal heart rate.

8. Always review your study before sending it over to PACS. Cut out redundant and misleading images. Your name is on your study and you want to represent yourself well.

9. Scan what you can and don't scan what you can't.

10. If you ever think "I wonder if I should look at or do a.....fill in the blank, do it, you will never forgive yourself for an "I should have...." When you find out later you missed something because you cut a corner.

Questions submitted to ARDMS and their reply:

1. What would you like sonographers to know about the change from the designation of “registered” to “credentialed” on the ARDMS card as seen in 2017?
2. Have complaints lodged against the change affected future return to the "registered" designation?
3. Is there a difference between being registered and being credentialed?

ARDMS recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and we marked the occasion by updating our logo, improving the ARDMS website, redesigning many of our materials and varying some of the terms we use in our communications. These changes reflect the vibrant and progressive nature of sonography and most have been well received by our Registrant community.

The recent change in terminology on the 2017 ARDMS ID cards, however, was not met with enthusiasm. Registrants reached out to ARDMS to express that the terms “certified” and “certification(s)” did not reflect the commitment and contribution sonographers make in the medical community and in the care of patients.

ARDMS heard these concerns and decided to amend the language on next year’s 2018 ID cards back to “registered” and ‘credentials” to better convey the education and expertise involved in obtaining the credentials our Registrants have earned. The name(s) of your credential have not and will not change.

There really is no difference in the terminology registered and credentialed or certified. Certification is an umbrella term in the testing community that can mean holding a credential or a certificate.

Trish McConkey, CAE
Director of Certification

Deadline: October 31 11:59 p.m.
Nominations reopen yearly at Spring Symposium for the following year
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Board of Directors : NCUS members may use this online nomination form to submit their nominations for active NCUS members that may be interested in running in the next board of directors election, to serve as a board member for the term of 3 years. Nominees must be a member of North Carolina Ultrasound Society in good standing, and be registered in good standing with ARDMS or its equivalent. Names will be presented to the general membership for a majority vote through a web-based election process, until the voting deadline. New board of directors will join the board at the board meeting held at the Spring Symposium.

Sonographer Excellence Award: Nominations for SEA will be collected and be evaluated by the NCUS SEA Committee. A member of this committee will contact the nominees for additional information. The Committee utilizes a point value system to determine the winner of the SEA Award. The winner will be announced during the Business Meeting every Spring Symposium.

Incomplete submissions will be discarded, so be sure to complete the nomination form entirely and by the posted deadline. There is a limit of 3 nominations per category per year. Any additional submissions over 3 will be discarded.

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NCUS hopes you all ‘have a ball’ in ultrasound ☺